Five for Friday: Power Regained and More Snowy Pictures

Our power is back, and it was only out for two hours. To say we were thrilled doesn’t begin to describe how we felt when after only a short while, the power whirred back into our house. Is there any sound sweeter than the refrigerator coming back to life? Not after a power outage, there isn’t.

In fact, Clif and I are well prepared for power outages, even though we hate them. We have plenty of wood for the furnace, stored water in buckets, canned food, oil for the lamps, and good flashlights.Β  And most important, peanut butter.

We did much of the clean-up yesterday, but there is more to do. At the end of the driveway, we have a wall o’snow left by the road plow. It’s too much for Little Green, and I have to chunk the snow first to make it manageable for the snow thrower and, of course, Clif.Β  Nature’s gym.

Here are some pictures of the blizzard, as it was happening and afterward.

Yesterday, it wasn’t too cold, but it sure was snowy.

Blizzard or not, the birds must eat.

The entrance at night.

A little guardian by the door.

The front entrance by day. We are certainly tucked in the snow now.



51 thoughts on “Five for Friday: Power Regained and More Snowy Pictures”

  1. The wind has sculpted interesting drifts on your roof. Does Clif have to shovel that, too? B does the first 3 feet and low pitches to prevent ice dams. The work after a storm seems unending! Stay cozy!

    1. It certainly has. Yes, Clif must scrape the roof over the main part of the house. That will be a chore for tomorrow. The roof over the dining room is not prone to ice dams. We long for a metal roof, but, alas, it’s not in the budget.

  2. Oh dear, this is amazing! Looks like my childhood in Norway before times of global warming. Glad to see you the powers is back on. Stay warm! x

      1. Yes, we had a closer look at this wintery scene on your various posts. How long does winter last in Maine nowadays?

      2. Winter usually starts the beginning of December and ends the end of March. Still normal length, despite climate change. What has changed are summer and fall. Much warmer than they once were.

    1. An ice dam is when a layer of ice builds on the edge of the roof because of the warmth from inside melting the snow on the roof. Ice is the result. Not a good situation as ice dams can cause water damage inside and out. In our case, the wood furnace is the culprit because of the amount of heat it produces under the roof. A metal roof would take care of the problem, but somehow the money always goes toward other things.

  3. We have been following reports from family in RI – the power stayed on with about a foot of snow. We just have cold, cold, cold, and wind, wind, wind. A kind farmer came by to let our dogs out after sunrise, when we left for work early. He even filled our wood stove, such that it was 72F inside and 8F outside when we got home from work. Shorts and T-shirt weather? Great excuse to not go out to the garage to bring in the Christmas decoration storage boxes this weekend. Time for Epiphany. I’ll brave the cold to move the Magi into place in the morning (assuming they are not frozen in their current place). πŸ’¨β˜ƒοΈ -Oscar

  4. This looks seriously cold! Snow is pretty to look at, but you must dread these big snowstorms. The birds are amazing to survive in such conditions … How they must love bird feeders like yours.

    1. Very cold, very beautiful. I actually really like winter, even though I don’t do winter sports anymore. Yes, those birds! The have evolved to survive in our harsh winters. They certainly do “flock” to our feeders.

  5. Such lovely and magical pictures of winter snow! Your home looks like a storybook cottage in its winter white frosting. I’m glad you are so prepared and you and Clif make a great team!

    1. We did all right. We have learned the hard way that it’s best to be prepared for power outages.

  6. I am so glad your power came on again fairly quickly. Snow ploughs are so useful and it’s good to have the snow cleared from off the roads but it must be very annoying to have to clear a mountain of snow before you can get out of your drive! Beautiful snowy pictures!

  7. We all dodged a bullet with this one, I think. So happy that your power loss was brief. Our power stayed on, fortunately, so we were able to enjoy the storm, although there was an underlying apprehension as to what could happen! I’m eager to hear how you like the book “Prairie Fires.” I just ordered it from MaineCat and can’t wait to read it.

    1. You are so right about the underlying apprehension. Hard to focus on anything else until the danger of losing power passes. “Prairie Fires” is excellent. It almost reads like a novel. A word of warning, though. If Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pa, and Ma are your idols, you might be very disappointed in them. This book certainly reveals their warts. I don’t have a problem with this, and I still have great sympathy for what they endured, even if some of it was self-inflicted.

      1. I don’t idolize anyone and certainly not the Ingalls family! I have read several earlier biographies that revealed much of the complicated, messy reality of their lives. And nothing can diminish the utter pleasure those books gave me as a child, with the wonderful Garth Williams illustrations.

      2. Good, good! However, lots of comments on various sites indicate how disappointed many readers were to discover that Laura Ingalls Wilder wasn’t the paragon that they had imagined. The books are indeed wonderful, and I loved them, too. But in fact they are more works of fictions rather than a true account of what actually happened. Honesty was not one of Wilder’s virtues, and I find the whole thing fascinating. The truth didn’t fit into her vision of how things should be. Sound familiar?

  8. Yup — there’s a lot of snow here too. But it’s the cold that’s bad. Reminds me of winter in my younger years. Yikes.
    I’m glad to hear the lights came back after two hours, Laurie. As we northerners know, it could have been worse. Since the ice storm of a few years ago, we keep threatening to buy a generator, but there’s always another use for money, so no progress on that front.

    1. We, also, want to buy a generator every year or so. We are just in South Jersey- so our winters are not as bad, but with a well, no electricity means no water (toilets, showers, cooking water) as well as no lights or heat. That’s a lot to live without for any period of time.

    2. I know just what you mean about other uses for money. We are exactly in the same situation. And, yes, the cold has been brutal, but in Maine, anyway, it’s supposed to get better this week. Hope the same is true for you.

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